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Boys Lacrosse Returns for Its Sophomore Season

By Bill Mortensen

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Coach Sears addresses the team after a loss to San Marcos (Photo / Bill Mortensen)

Coach Sears addresses the team after a loss to San Marcos (Photo / Bill Mortensen)

Led by senior captains Max Essig and Drew Richard, Dos Pueblos Lacrosse has returned.

On Wednesday the team fell to San Marcos at home in the first Varsity game of the season, 9-3.

A year after its formation as a club team, Boys’ Lacrosse is now officially a part of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and is led by senior captains Max Essig and Drew Richard. Local  teams at San Marcos and Santa Barbara High have joined as well.

The team is coached by Jeffrey Sears, co-founder of the Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association, as well as the former coach of the New York University Men’s club lacrosse team, and UCSB’s Women’s club team.

“I’m really excited for this season because we had a great turnout for the team,” Sears said, “Last year we only had 13 guys play, which put us at a huge disadvantage, where this year we currently have 32 guys on the roster.”

They will play games against local rivals Santa Barbara High and San Marcos, as well as local school Laguna Blanca, among other opponents.“I’m really looking forward to the games against San Marcos and Santa Barbara, and I think the Laguna and Cate games will be good tests for us,” sophomore Max Geyling said.

The boys started practice in early February. The JV fell in their first game on Mar. 5 against Santa Barbara in double overtime, while varsity faced off against San Marcos yesterday, Mar. 10.

Scott Applebay and Ben Essig warm up before facing San Marcos (Photo / Bill Mortensen)

Scott Applebay and Ben Essig warm up before facing San Marcos (Photo / Bill Mortensen)

The team is coming off a 7-5 season in which they overcame a diminished roster size and the relative newness of many players to the game of lacrosse. The season had its highs, like an overtime win against Santa Barbara, and its lows, like a 16-4 loss to Laguna Blanca.

Expectations are even higher this year, with many key players returning with more experience, and several new players coming in to fill out the roster.“I expect we’ll be competitive this season, because we’ve got great depth with all our new guys, but a lot of them are very inexperienced with the game of lacrosse,” Sears said.

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2 Responses to “Boys Lacrosse Returns for Its Sophomore Season”

  1. Michael on March 12th, 2015 11:29 PM

    We love lacrosse and it’s great to see it taking off in the High Schools! It’s exciting to see the sport growing by leaps and bounds and my 11 year old LOVES it. Keep up the great work and I hope you guys will have more and more fans show up at the games. It’s a super exciting sport to watch!

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  2. Abby on September 19th, 2015 4:05 PM

    “A 16-4 loss to laguna blanca” I see what you’re doin I see.

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